My desktop is Displaying my icons with vectors.. Help!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Deekay213, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Deekay213 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    Hello and Good Afternoon to all. This is my first post but not last> Well the reason im here is because ive been having a problem with my Desktop displaying icons and movies in quicktime for some reason i get Dots and lines behind every icon and mouse arrow like a photoshop vector. Even on quicktime i get the lines here is an example:


    is this a OSX error? I know its not my graphics card since I dont get the lines when i watch movies using VLC player or on Youtube videos only on apple software...

    Can you guys please help?

  2. CHurst5841 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2005
    Is it your desktop or dock that is displaying the icons like that?
  3. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    I looks like it's just in the dock, correct? Are you running some sort of dock skinning program? If so, perhaps it's no longer compatible and needs to be updated.
  4. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Looks like the video card isn't powerful enough. Or are you not running full color resolution, only thousands of color?
  5. Deekay213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    I have a X950 ATI it was upgraded and i havent used no DOCK programs. I get it on my desktop and on my Quicktime Screen. Even the mouse arrow has vectors...:confused:
  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Check the color depth. It kinda looks like anti-aliasing
  7. Deekay213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    I have the color depth set to Millions. Its weird because sometimes it goes away and my desktop looks normal then after a few minutes i get thoose damn vectors again...:confused:
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Are you running any kind of transparent dock or cleardock applications?

    Also is there any way to post an example of what's happening in Quicktime?

    Also, just to be overly basic... does this problem survive a reboot?
  9. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    looks like a corrupt image cache of some sort.

    it's certainly not his graphics card being "not powerful enough." that's a silly comment. OS X reverts to software rendering if a graphics card can't process the image effects it is asked to do. Even a first generation iMac has sufficient graphical "power" to render the dock.

    It could be something wrong with the graphics driver, though. maybe a quickdraw problem?

    Try switching accounts and see if you can replicate the problem. If you only have one account, make another one for testing.

    If it doesn't happen on another account, that rules out any sort of hardware problem. next step is the usual repair permissions, zap pram, reset preferences, etc.

    If the effect only happens on one login, then it's probably a preference file that's borking things up.

    I suspect that you'll be able to replicate the problem in a different account, though. Has the x950 been modified in any way?

    and by the way, i wouldn't call these "vectors." vectors are shapes created through the use of lines, curves and coordinates. This also has nothing to do with aliasing or the lack thereof.

    It appears to be a problem rendering the alpha channels in the icons themselves. If you can post a photo of the effect as it happens in quicktime, that would be helpful, as well. Be as detailed as possible in your descriptions of what happens when.
  10. Deekay213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    Hey guys i really appreciated all the help you guys are giving me its awesome!

    Here is a snapshot of my quicktime. This is how it appears when i open a screen:


    And when i play a movie the image gets crazy and the audio goes nuts! The same problem happens with DVD Player but when i use VLC player or Youtube player everything comes out perfect... with no vectors or lines and perfect audio.

    "Ive tried making a new account and messing with the settings as well as constant reboots but still no luck... :( "
  11. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    From that last screen shot it looks like you have a theme installed. That could be what is messing up your dock.
  12. vohdoun macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Far away from Earth.
    It's not, I have used that theme which requires Shapeshifter and it never done that to the dock.
  13. thegrifman macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    Won't know for certain until you disable the theme though. Perhaps there's been some variable introduced that is beneath the surface affecting the theme.
  14. socamx macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2004
    Quicktime and the dock both use the graphics card for rendering, whereas youtube and VLC don't.

    To me it looks like corruption on the graphics card (possibly bad memory or overheating). I suggest switching another one in if you can and see if the problem persists.

    If it goes away with a different graphics card, then there is your problem.

    Edit: Just so you know where I'm coming from with this, my old Radeon 9800 Pro had an overheating problem in 3D games. Graphics got messed up like that after awhile and slowly got worse. Anything that wasn't accelerated by the graphics card was fine however (like youtube videos and vlc).
  15. Deekay213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    Sounds like it might be my graphics card I'm going to disable some settings and reboot...
  16. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    classic overheating issues.

    get smcfancontrol and crank up the fans a while and see what happens.

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